As of last week, vaccinations in the state of New York have declined by 41%.  Now, they're trying to get people who were on the fence to get the vaccine with incentives.  The latest is called "A shot in the park."

While we have really been up and down with our progress over the past year, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave an update on the state's progress with coronavirus and at this point it looks as though we are doing very well.

  • There are 929 new confirmed cases in New York (first day under 1,000 since October 18, 2020)
  • 1.09% positivity rate
  • 1,305 COVID-19 hospitalizations statewide (lowest since November 4, 2020)
  • 303 in ICU (lowest since November 9, 2020
  • 185 intubated (lowest since November 16, 2020)
  • 14 new deaths
  • 42,608 statewide COVID-19 deaths to date

People are getting vaccinated too.  As of today, more than 10 million New Yorkers have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  Here are the latest stats on the vaccination process:

  • Total doses administered – 18,441,242
  • Total doses administered over past 24 hours – 63,443
  • Total doses administered over past 7 days – 815,097
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose – 63.7%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series – 54.9%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose – 52.0%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series – 44.1%

With Memorial Day weekend coming up, they are trying to make it even easier to get vaccinated.  If you're going to head to a state park this weekend, you might see a pop up vaccination clinic.  They will be available at these parks:

  • Belmont Lake State Park: May 30th
  • Buffalo Harbor State Park: May 29th – May 31st
  • Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park: May 29th – May 31st
  • FDR State Park: May 29th – May 31st
  • Grafton Lakes State Park: May 29th – May 31st
  • Green Lakes State Park: May 29th – May 31st
  • Harriman State Park at Lake Welch: May 29th – May 31st
  • Heckscher State Park: June 5th
  • Hempstead Lake State Park: June 6th
  • Letchworth State Park: May 29th – May 30st
  • Robert Moses State Park: May 29th – May 30th
  • Roberto Clemente State Park: May 29th – May 31st
  • Sunken Meadow State Park: May 29th, May 31st
  • Taughannock Falls State Park: May 29th – May 31st
  • Westcott Beach State Park: May 29th – May 30st

They've also begun a new incentive program called "A Shot in the Park." to encourage people to get vaccinated.  If you get a vaccine you will get a two day pass to any of New York State's parks.  This is in addition to the Vax & Scratch incentive where you could win $5 million with a scratch off ticket.

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